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Need Statements - RFP 2021 (FY2023)

The Need Statements are presented on this page in three ways: (1) sorted below by Research Categories; (2) to the right in a single downloadable PDF with links to information; and (3) to the right in a list in order of Need Statement number. This RFP is only available to qualified universities (see more information.) Please note that an active master contract must be in place as of December 1, 2021 to be selected.

Preliminary literature searches, listed with the projects below, were conducted by the MnDOT Library for the purposes of developing research need statements and doing due-diligence to avoid duplication of research. They are not a comprehensive literature search for the development of the project proposal.

Bridges and Structures


NS637
Develop Element Level Bridge Performance Measures and Targets
Project Champions: David Hedeen, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS663
Minnesota’s State and Local Bridge Safety Inspection Program - Evaluation
Project Champions: Sam Muntean, Lac qui Parle County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Environmental


NS638
Functional Longevity of Erosion Prevention Products
Project Champion: Lori Belz, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS639
Re-Use of Minnesota Waste Material in Sustainably Designed Soils - Part 2
Project Champion: Dwayne Stenlund, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS640
Assessing a New Tool for Early Detection of Endangered Turtles on Proposed Transportation Projects
Project Champion: Christopher E. Smith, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS641
Time and Vegetation Effects on Infiltration and Filtration Performance
Project Champion: Dwayne Stenlund, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Maintenance Operations


NS661
Update the 2009 Storm Water Management – Best Practices
Project Champion: Brian Giese, Pope County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS664
Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA): Light Weight Fill and as Stormwater Infiltration Media
Project Champion: Mark Hansen, City of Coon Rapids
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS665
Impervious Surface Exchange Program
Project Champion: Lon Aune, Marshall County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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Maintenance Operations


NS642
Effective Strategies to Extend Remaining Life of ASR-Affected Pavements
Project Champion: Greg Ous, MnDOT District 7
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Materials and Construction


NS643
Development of Process to Lower GWP of Construction Materials
Project Champions: Curt Turgeon, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS644
Evaluation of Gravel Stabilizer Used on Gravel Roads and Gravel Shoulders
Project Champion: Terry Beaudry, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS645
Assessment of Alternative Pozzolans for Use in Minnesota Concrete
Project Champion: Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS646
Improving and Developing Pavement Design Inputs and Performance Functions for Cold Recycled Pavement Layers in Minnesota
Project Champion: Tim Andersen, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS647
Mitigation of Tenting of Transverse Cracks and Joints in Asphalt Pavement
Project Champion: Matt Hemmila, St. Louis County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS648
Asphalt Pavement Cracking Performance Data Analysis
Project Champion: Shongtao Dai, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS658
A Synthesis of Usage and Performance of Daylighted Bases in Comparison to Edge Drains
Project Champion: Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS660
Pavement Design: Performance of Base vs Subbase
Project Champion: TBD, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS662
Lightly Surface Roads - Cost Benefit
Project Champion: Ron Gregg, Fillmore County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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Policy and Planning


NS649
Haul Road and Detour Maintenance
Project Champions: Tim Andersen, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS656
Arts for Construction Mitigation
Project Champion: Jeanne Aamodt, MnDOT Communication & Public Engagement
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS657
Utilizing Arts and Culture to Mitigate the Negative Impacts of Transportation Infrastructure on Communities
Project Champions: Jessica Oh, MnDOT Sustainability & Public Health
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS659
Understanding How Street Reconstruction Affects Property Value
Project Champions: Marc Culver, City of Roseville
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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Traffic and Safety


NS651
Solar Roadway Lighting
Project Champion: Susan Zarling, MnDOT Traffic Engineering
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS652
Complete Streets Speed Impacts
Project Champion: Duane Hill, MnDOT District 1
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

Addendum: Complete Streets project locations (updated 9/8/2021)

NS653
School Bus Stop-Arm Violations
Project Champions: Scot Edgeworth, MnDOT Metro Operations & Maintenance
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS654
Evaluation of Static and Dynamic No Right Turn on Red Signs at Traffic Signals
Project Champions: Susan Zarling, MnDOT Traffic Engineering
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS655
Identification and Assessment of Preventative Methods to Mitigate Cognitive and Physical Declines Which Influence Driving Performance of Older Drivers
Project Champion: Derek Leuer, MnDOT Traffic Engineering
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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